Shakespeare treated with respect, love Shakespeare is serious business, or so it seems to Everyman Theatre. The troupe has waited 17 years for its maiden fling with the Bard, and the jitters only show a little in the company's lively, often moving Much Ado About Nothing.
Most of the rough patches come right out of the gate, with director Vincent M. Lancisi's cast acting at full volume and making the language seem like heavy lifting. Luckily, the large company soon eases into the warm Mediterranean setting and the pointed badinage, especially when Deborah Hazlett's appealing, unusually wise Beatrice starts aiming barbs at Jim Jack's Benedick. He wickedly returns the favor because, well, they like to think they're not in love.
If you go Much Ado About Nothing at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., runs through Dec. 16. For tickets, call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.